Culver and Lake Max mid July into August 2015

Staff Writer

Escape the Ordinary Dinner July 14 at CUTPL

The Culver-Union Twp. Public Library will host a Recipe Swap program on Tuesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. in the large meeting room in the lower level of the library. This program is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Escape the Ordinary.” Bring your favorite recipe with you and a dish to share if you’d like. We will gather together, share ideas, and spruce up our summer dinners. Contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas, at 574-842-2941 or for more information.

Blood drive July 15

The American Red Cross will offer an opportunity to give blood Wed., July 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Culver- Union Township Public Library, 107 N. Main St. in Culver. To donate blood, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

Computer troubleshooting at Thursday Tech Time

The Culver-Union Twp. Public Library’s Thursday Tech Time session for July will take place Thurs., July 16, starting at 6 p.m. and the topic will be troubleshooting computers. This session is free and open to the public.For more information, call the Culver Library at 574-842-2941, visit our website at or e-mail abaker@ The library’s street address is 107 N. Main St.

Community meal at Grace July 15

Grace United Church of Christ will hold its monthly community meal on Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. All are invited to this free, ecumenical event whose purpose is to share a friendly meal in a welcoming, community atmosphere. The meals are held on the 15th day of each month in the basement of the church.

Lake Fest returns July 17-19

The Culver Lake Fest will return the weekend of July 17 through 19, with its traditional roster of events -- from the Miss Maxinkuckee pageant to Saturday night’s fireworks; from its annual bicycle ride to kids’ games and car show, though this year’s event will omit the burn-out contest of years past -- scheduled to return. Also returning is the annual Saturday morning parade, whose honored parade marshal (collectively) will be the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library, in honor of its centennial. Information on the festival is available at, and details will appear in upcoming editions of The Culver Citizen.

Poplar Grove sale July 17, 18

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, located three miles east of Culver, will hold its annual rummage sale on July 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. This sale will again have a huge variety of high-quality items. Furniture, electronics, household, lawn and garden, tools, clothing, toys, books, and much, much more.

Moonlight Serenade date changed to July 17

Culver Summer Schools and Camp’s annual Ann M. Smitson Moonlight Serenade has changed dates for this year, and is now scheduled for will take place Friday, July 17 (rather than July 3 as previously reported), with a rain date of July 19. The Serenade will begin at the town park around 9 p.m., then head to the west shore of the lake, concluding with the east shore.

Kiwanis golf cart raffle underway

The Culver Kiwanis Club’s annual summer raffle is underway, with this brand-new, street-ready golf cart valued at $7,500 as the prize. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25, and may be purchased from any Kiwanis Club of Culver member. All proceeds go to four-year college scholarships for local children. The winning drawing will take place following Lake Fest fireworks in the town park Saturday, July 18.

Kasey the dog at fire safety program July 23

A fire safety program, Saving Lives Through Training and Education, will take place at the Culver Public Library on Thursday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. The program is run by retired fire fighter, Jeff Owens, who uses black Labrador Retrievers, talented song writing, and guitarplaying to teach fire safety. For more information, contact Youth Services Manager Jill Gavlick at 574-842-2941 or This program is free and open to the public.

'Hello Dolly!' dates in July, August

The Maxinkuckee Players' performance of "Hello Dolly!" will take place at the Culver Comm. High School auditorium on the following dates: Friday, July 25; Sunday, July 27; Wednesday, July 30; Friday, August 1; Saturday, August 2; Sunday, August 3. Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. EST, and all others are at 7:30 p.m. EST. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for all children 18 and under. All seats on opening night are $5.

Sidewalk days July 24-25

Culver’s annual sidewalk days will take place Fri., July 24 and Sat., July 25, outside participating retail outlets in the downtown Culver area, during normal business hours.

Corn roast, firemen’s fest return July 25

The annual Culver Lions Club corn roast and Culver firemen’s festival, both at or adjacent to the town park on Lake Shore Drive, will return Sat., July 25. The corn roast kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in the west end of the park, running to 7:30 p.m. Each meal includes hamburger, drink, and all the corn you can eat, for a donation of $8 per adult and $4 for childredn aged 12 and under. Carry outs are available. The firemen’s festival is located across Lake Shore Drive from the park, in the fire­men’s lot at the northeast corner of State Street and Lake Shore Drive. A variety of games and prizes -- as well as the children’s bounce house -- will be offered throughout.

Lake Max home tour July 25

The Lake Maxinkuckee Association’s first-ever Lake Max Home Tour will take place Saturday, July 25. The event features a pontoon tour of fabulous Lake Maxinkuckee homes. Check-in is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Culver Marina, with a party following at the Marina. The tour is a fund-raising benefit for Culver’s Lake Patrol. Please call with questions: 574-298-690.

Antique, contemporary quilts on display

On display now at the Culver-Union Township Public Library is a large collection of old and antique quilts courtesy of the Wesley United Methodist Church Susanna Circle Quilters group, throughout the lobby and main floor of the library through the month of July. For more information, contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas at 574-842-2941 or

Free Computer Classes at CUTPL

Culver-Union Township Public Library is offering free computer classes in July on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Classes include Computer for Beginners (July 10), Internet for Beginners (July 13 and 17), Computer Security (July 90 and 24), and Intro to Social Media (July 97 and 31). Laptops are available, or feel free to bring your own. These sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Baker at abaker@culver.lib. or 574-842-2941.

Summer offerings at the park

Among the Culver Park Department’s classes and activities this summer are: Yoga (8 a.m.) and a running club (6 p.m.) Tuesdays; pilates (8 a.m.) and Zumba (6:30 p.m.) Wednesdays; yoga (8 a.m.) and fun group paddle (7 p.m.) Thursdays; euchre (6 p.m.) Fridays; pilates (8 a.m.) Saturdays. Swim lessons are also offered this summer. Contact for details. Lifeguarded beach hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Stand-up Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available at the town beach during select hours. Contact for details.

Culver-set novel release party Aug. 1.

A release party for a novel set in Culver and written by best-selling British novelist Susan Lewis, will take place Saturday, Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Max, 113 S Main Street in downtown Culver. The public is invited. The author of the book, titled, "No Place to Hide," spent some time in Culver last September researching this novel, which involves a young woman and her child changing their names and trying to make a new life to escape what they've left behind. The author has written more than 30 books, including two memoirs, many of which regularly make the London Times top ten bestseller list; her books have been translated into multiple languages, and she has a loyal fan-base in her native country. More information will appear in next week's Culver Citizen print edition.

Aug. 8 Lake Max Triathlon adds new offerings

Registration is still open for the Lake Max Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 8. Lake Max is a USAT-certified triathlon which begins and ends at the Naval Building on the Culver campus. The course is a 400-meter swim around the Naval Pier, 12 miles of biking around the lake, and a five-kilometer run meandering through town. The distance is perfect for both experienced and novice racers. Teams are welcome. New this year is the inclusion of a stand-up paddle board competition. The one-mile event will be held for individuals and teams.This year will again include the Lake Max Kids Triathlon. Sixty-eight boys and girls participated in the first one last year. The 5-7 year-old age group will swim 50 meters, bike one mile, and run a half-mile. The 8-10 year-old age group will swim 75 meters, bike two miles, and run one mile. The 11-12 year-olds will cover a 75-meter swim, two-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run. All three races will be contained on the Culver Academies campus and will not cross any roads. The kids triathlon is not a USAT-certified event. All proceeds are donated to local service service clubs. Register online at

Wesley Preschool accepting apps

Wesley Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2015-16 school year. The 3-year-old class, at $95 per month, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-old class, at $110 per month, meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes are held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the preschool. Registration forms can also be downloaded from

Culver Comm. Schools summer food program under way
Culver Community Schools summer food program is launching at six area sites includinng the Aubbeenaubee Community Building, Leiters Ford (through July 94, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.); Ora Church Basement (through July 10 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. (EST); Former Monterey Elementary (through July 94 from noon to 12:30); Culver Public Library (through July 93 - Tues., Thurs., 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.); Culver Elementary (through July 31 - breakfast 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.); Culver Comm. High School (through July 94 - breakfast 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Area children 18 years of age and younger and people with disabilities (regardless of age) who participate in special education programs are eligible for a free meal through the program (all other adults may purchase a lunch for $3 and/ or a breakfast for $1.50).

Kayak, paddleboard rentals in the park

Kayak, paddleboard, and related equipment rentals are now available during available hours at the east end of Culver’s town park. More information and rental prices are available online at lakemaxchallenge. com/lake-maxlife.

Blessings in a Backpack ‘Prom’ fund-raiser Aug. 22

A Marshall County “Second Chance Prom” aims to “Unmask Hunger in Marshall County” on Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Christo’s Banquet Hall in Plymouth, with funds going to Blessings in a Backpack, a program aimed at providing food for Marshall County school children in need during weekends, when school lunches are not available. Blessings operates in Culver, among other Marshall County communities. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and there is a cash bar. There is a masquerade theme, and the event is for age 21 and over only. Formal wear is required; mask is optional.

Culver Farmers Market

The Culver Farmers’ Market is now open at the northwest corner of Ohio and Jefferson Streets (across from CVS Pharmacy). The market will operate into October on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested ven dors please call at 574-842-2648 (ask for Barb). The Culver Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.

Friends book sale every Sat. this summer

The Friends of the Culver Union Township Public Library will hold book sales every Saturday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, in the lower level of the library, through August 29.

Rarities on exhibit at Academies gallery

A page from the first book printed on the printing press is among a wide array of pieces exhibited at the Crisp Visual Art Center on Culver Academies’ campus through June. Several diverse exhibits include works around the themes Landscapes, ART/WORD, and Culver Connections, respectively. The Galleries at the Crisp Visual Art Center are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at 574-842-8278.

Life Support at Grace Tuesdays

The Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth St. in Culver is offering a Life Support Group on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. People involved with anxiety, stress, depression, emotional issues & addictions are welcome. 842- 2331 or 842-3592.